University of North Carolina Wilmington — Assistant Professor of African American / Public History

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
To instantiate our values of Access, Equity, and Diversity, the UNCW College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is embarking on our second year of a cluster hire initiative in the areas of Africana Studies, Race, Racial Inequality, and Social Justice. We seek to build a network of researchers, scholars, and artists that will support the ongoing work in which we are engaged and to set a path forward as we grow these areas of critical study into regional and national strengths.

The position of Assistant Professor of African American History and Public History within the Department of History is part of this initiative.

The History Department of the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of African American History and Public History, beginning August 2022.

The successful candidate will have a scholarly focus on pre-20th-century African American history, teach courses in both African American History and Public History, participate in the supervision of M.A. theses and capstone projects, and support the interdisciplinary major in Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

History Department faculty are expected to engage in scholarly activity towards publication or presentation, teach successfully at the undergraduate and graduate level, and participate in service to the department, college, university, and community. Research-active faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor at UNCW teach six courses per academic year (3-3).

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in African American History, Public History or a related field in hand at the time of appointment.

Strong commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service is required.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Experience teaching at the college level is preferred.
Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to teach courses in the digital humanities.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
UNCW is a comprehensive university enrolling over 18,000 students situated in the historic city of Wilmington, a port city between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Its colonial, antebellum, Civil War, new south, civil rights, World War II and postwar histories, marginalized communities, resources, and institutions make it an engaging environment in which to teach African American history. The Department of History, which offers degrees at the B.A. and M.A. levels, shares the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. A constituent of the College of Arts and Sciences, the department supports the university’s mission to ground all of its students in the humanities by providing a quality education taught by a student-centered faculty who consider their scholarship, research, and service to be essential to effective teaching. It seeks to foster a tradition of high-quality research productivity, community and global engagement, diversity and inclusion, and pedagogical innovation. The department’s public history program has a strong relationship with the many museums and historic sites in the region, which provide extensive opportunities for both students and faculty.

College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Please apply online at

Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on January 10, 2022, the posting closing date.  To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  1. Combined unofficial graduate transcripts
  2. Writing sample – (article length essay or book chapter)
  3. Statement of diversity and inclusion – addresses how the candidate will contribute to fostering diversity and inclusion on campus
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Cover letter that addresses how they will contribute to undergraduate and graduate course offerings in public history

If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

In addition, please have three letters of reference sent electronically to Ms. Meaghan Wright at Note that all requested components must be submitted in order to meet the application requirements.  Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Please direct questions concerning the search to Professor Glen Harris, Search Committee Chair. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Meaghan Wright at